We are contacting you because your business may be directly impacted by certain claims being made by Cambria in the Quartz Surface Products from China case. As you may know, Cambria filed petitions earlier this year alleging that imported Chinese quartz is being subsidized by the Chinese Government and dumped into the U.S. market. The U.S. Government’s investigations into these allegations are ongoing, and a final outcome is expected in 2Q 2019.
Cambria is telling our Government that the fabricating industry is composed of – and this is a direct quote from Cambria – “operations out of small spaces such as garages with only a couple of employees, a saw, and a hand-router.”
Cambria alleges that the U.S. quartz surface product industry consists only of Cambria and two other slab producers.
Cambria claims that the role of fabricators is so insufficient and immaterial that your business and its operations – and your voice – should be ignored by the U.S. Government.
Cambria is misleading our Government on the essential role of fabricators in the U.S. quartz manufacturing industry. When measured by dollars per square foot of annual output, U.S. fabricators relative to the slab manufacturers (e.g., Cambria) (i) invest more in capital equipment, (ii) add more value to the end product and (iii) apply more U.S. labor to a quartz countertop. We believe that U.S. fabricators account for over 30,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs compared to under 1,000 manufacturing related employment for the domestic slab manufacturers.
In fact, while Cambria believes their level of manufacturing complexity dwarfs that of fabrication shops, in reality, they are simply performing the task of mixing quartz imported from China and other countries with resin and pigments, pushing buttons along the way.
The size and scope of their factories may appear to be impressive, but that is simply related to the fact that the process of manufacturing slabs has been consolidated into the hands of a few companies in the U.S., while the process of fabricating slabs is distributed across thousands of manufacturers. If you were to combine all the fabricators manufacturing facilities together into a handful of facilities, they would dwarf the size of the U.S. slab manufacturers.
Simple, Cambria wants to ensure that it is able to speak, alone, as the voice of the U.S. industry before the U.S. Government. Cambria’s long-term objective is to corner fabricators, distributors, builders, and other importers of quartz into sourcing exclusively from Cambria.
Fabricators have a critical role to play in this trade case, but to date you have been relatively quiet (at least in public).We urgently need your voices to prevent Cambria from achieving its objectives and harming the rest of the U.S. industry.By filling out the form below, you give permission to our attorneys from Hogan Lovells, which is representing several companies (including MSI) in opposition to Cambria’s petitions,** to notify the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in writing that your company is taking the following positions on Cambria’s claims:
Your company is a fabricator of quartz surface products in the United States.
Your company is a member of the domestic industry producing quartz surface products and is thus an interested party in the trade cases in accordance with 19 U.S.C. § 1677(9).
Your company strongly opposes the antidumping and countervailing duty petitions submitted by Cambria.
Your company intends to participate in these investigations and to provide factual evidence demonstrating the inaccuracy of Cambria’s claims.
We strongly encourage you to participate in this case—we need your voices to prevent Cambria from achieving its objectives and harming the rest of the U.S. industry. As the case proceeds, MSI will provide regular updates and work with you to make sure that the truth is presented to the ITC (U.S. International Trade Commission).
** Please note that providing the information requested by this form does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Hogan Lovells. You will not be charged for having the positions enumerated above presented to the ITC as evidence in the proceedings.